What is elocution? Elocution is the art of articulation. Articulation is correct production of sounds in words while using appropriate voice and diction.
Elocution consist of perfecting oral communication skills. Effective oral communication is verbally utilizing correct grammatical language structure such as syntax and semantics, as well as, correct pronunciation skills. In addition to using the language in a sophisticated fashion, anyone wishing to become a public speaker or actor must capture and maintain their audience’s attention throughout the presentation performance. Therefore, the person must understand the power of voice and body language.
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The voice is one of the most important factors of a speaker’s performance. Public speakers’ and professional actors’ voice must be colorful if they are going to grasp the audience attention. Vocal quality, rhythm, resonance and intonation (pitch variance) are important components in using one’s voice colorfully. Lastly, body language must exude confidence. Body language is very important in capturing an audience attention. Your body language must be congruent with your message you are conveying.
Elocution lessons are very important for aspiring actors and public speakers. Elocution lessons may increase confidence and decrease anxiety before and during a presentation or audition, by giving the actor or public speaker the tools needed to master the art of speaking eloquently.
Why are elocution lessons important? Mastering the art of oral communication skills can change your social economic status by helping you land the career of your dreams. Thus, elocution lessons can increase your quality of life.
Many people seek speech training to help them get better paying jobs. Effective communication skills can help an individual obtain just about anything his heart desires, just by conveying grammatical correct structure of a language.
Actors and public speakers are not the only people who should seek elocution training. People that are in general sales, such as, customer service representatives, car salespersons, lawyers, doctors, etc. If you are verbally interacting with people, you need to effectively get your thoughts and ideas across without confusion. Speech training can teach you to “say what you mean and mean what you say.”
Lawyers for example, are responsible for getting others to see their point of view. But what if the lawyer is not a great elocutionist? The lawyer has excellent written communication skills but he has a difficult time speaking to his audience/jury. The lawyer’s body language does not match the message he is trying to convey. His sentence and semantic structures are not flowing and is not making sense to the audience. Moreover, he mispronounces many of his words in the trial. Although the lawyer is representing a client who is totally innocent, the lawyer’s actions demonstrates to the audience the opposite. Oftentimes, when we lack confidence and display poor body language, people may perceive our actions as a person who lies and cannot be trusted. Yes, the lawyer did demonstrate excellent written communication skills, but his oral communication skills were weak and did not exude confidence. In this particular case, the lawyer should seek speech training to help him sale himself to his audience/jury, which will increase his clientele.
It goes without saying, if you are in a career that has you speaking to the public, it may be in your best interest to invest in your human communication skills. Improving your human communication skills may increase your return on investment.
You may have heard “effective communication is the key to your success”, but have you heard “lost for words, lost for life.”